Sam Rockwell Biography

Birthday: 1968-11-05
Place of Birth: Daly City, California
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
Wiki Biography: Sam Rockwell was born on November 5, 1968, in Daly City, California, the child of two actors. The family moved to New York when he was two years old, living first in the Bronx and later in Manhattan. When Sam was five years old, his parents split up, at which point he and his father moved to San Francisco, where he subsequently grew up, while summers and other times were spent with his mother in New York. He made his acting debut when he was ten years old, alongside his mother, and later attended J.E. McAteer High School in a program called SOTA. While still in high school, he got his first big break when he appeared in the independent film Clownhouse (1989). The plot revolved around three escaped mental patients who dressed up as clowns and terrorized three brothers home alone--Sam played the eldest of the brothers. His next big break was supposed to have come when he was slated to star in a short-lived NBC TV-series called "Dream Street" (1989), but he was soon fired. After graduating from high school, Sam returned to New York for good and for two years he had private training at the William Esper Acting Studio. During this period he appeared in a variety of roles, such as the "ABC Afterschool Specials" (1972): Over the Limit (1990) (TV) and HBO's "Lifestories: Families in Crisis" (1992): Dead Drunk: The Kevin Tunell Story (Season 1 Episode 7: 15 March 1993); the head thug in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990); and a guest-star turn in an Emmy-winning episode of "Law & Order" (1990), while working a string of regular day jobs and performing in plays. In 1994, a Miller Ice beer commercial finally enabled him to quit his other jobs to concentrate on his acting career, which culminated in him having five movies out by 1996: Basquiat (1996); The Search for One-eye Jimmy (1994); Glory Daze (1995); Mercy (1995); and Box of Moon Light (1996). It was the latter film that would prove to be his real break-out in the industry. In Tom DiCillo's film, he found himself playing an eccentric named the Kid, a man-child living in a half-built mobile home in the middle of nowhere with a penchant for dressing like Davy Crockett, who manages to bring some much-needed chaos into the life of an electrical engineer played by John Turturro. The movie was not a box-office success, but it managed to generate a lot of critical acclaim for itself and Sam. In 1997 he found himself the star of another critically lauded film, Lawn Dogs (1997). Once again he portrayed a societal outcast as Trent, a working-class man living in a trailer, earning a living mowing lawns inside a wealthy, gated Kentucky community. Soon Trent finds himself befriended by 10-year-old Devon (Mischa Barton), and the movie deals with the difficulties in their friendship and the outside world. He also gave strong performances in the quirky independent comedy Safe Men (1998), in which he plays one half of a pretty awful singing duo (the other half being played by Steve Zahn) that gets mistaken for two safe-crackers by Jewish gangsters; and the offbeat hit-man trainee in Jerry and Tom (1998) against Joe Mantegna. After a few smaller appearances in films such as Woody Allen's Celebrity (1998) and the 1999 version of A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999), in which he played Francis Flute, he had larger parts in two of the bigger hit movies to emerge in 1999: The Green Mile (1999) and Galaxy Quest (1999), wowing audiences and critics alike with his chameleon-like performances as a crazed killer in the former and a goofy actor in the latter. More recently, he appeared in another string of mainstream films, most notably as Eric Knox in Charlie's Angels (2000) and as Zaphod Beeblebrox in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), while continuing to perform in smaller independent movies. After more than ten years in the business, Sam has earned his success.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Charlie's Angels Eric Knox 1976 - 1981 Action
Prince Street Donny Hanson 1997 Drama
Charlies Angels Eric Knox 2000 Action
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Zaphod Beeblebrox 2005 Adventure
The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy Zaphod Beeblebrox 2005 Adventure
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Zaphod Beeblebrox 2005 Adventure
Heist Jimmy Silk 2006 - 2007 Action
Glory Daze Rob 2010 - 2011 Comedy
F1 36 Owen 2013 Action
Conviction Kenny Waters 2016 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Clownhouse 1990 Horror
Last Exit to Brooklyn 1990 Drama
In the Soup 1992
Light Sleeper 1992 Crime, Drama
Happy Hell Night Young Henry Collins 1992 Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Glory Daze Rob 1996 Comedy
Mercy Matty 1996 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Drunks Tony 1997 Drama
Box of Moon Light The Kid 1997 Comedy, Drama
Lawn Dogs Trent 1998 Drama
Louis & Frank Sam 1998 Music, Comedy, Drama
Safe Men 1998 Comedy, Crime
Arresting Gena Sonny 1998 Drama
Jerry and Tom Jerry 1998 Comedy, Crime, Drama
The Green Mile 'Wild Bill' Wharton 1999 0, 0
A Midsummer Night's Dream Francis Flute 1999 Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Galaxy Quest Guy Fleegman 1999 Adventure, Comedy, Sci Fi
Charlie's Angels Eric Knox 2000
Heist Jimmy Silk 2001 0, Comedy, 0
The Heist Jimmy Silk 2001
Welcome to Collinwood Pero 2002
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Chuck Barris 2002 Comedy, 0, Biography, Game Show, 0
13 Moons 2002
Jack and His Friends Louie 2002 Comedy
Matchstick Men Frank Mercer 2003 Game Show, 0, 0
The F Word Jeremy 2005 Drama
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Zaphod Beeblebrox 2005
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Zaphod Beeblebrox 2005 Adventure, Comedy
Piccadilly Jim Jim Crocker 2006 Comedy, Romance
Joshua Brad Cairn 2007 Drama, Thriller
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Charley Ford 2007 Crime, Drama
Snow Angels Glenn Marchand 2008 Biography
Moon Sam Bell 2009 Sport, Game Show
The Winning Season Bill 2009
Frost/Nixon James Reston, Jr. 2009 Drama, History
Iron Man 2 Justin Hammer 2010 0
Conviction Kenny Waters 2010 Biography, Drama
Cowboys & Aliens Doc 2011
The Sitter Karl 2011
Seven Psychopaths Billy 2012 Comedy, Crime, Thriller
The Way Way Back Owen 2013 Comedy, Drama
A Single Shot John Moon 2013 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Laggies Craig 2014 Biography, 0
Better Living Through Chemistry Douglas Varney 2014 Comedy, Drama
Don Verdean Don Verdean 2015 0